Trade Talk
July 28, 2008
 
Pirates turn down Braves' deal
Before the start of Friday's game, many of the Braves players were asking about Jason Bay. Some were under the impression that they were going to walk into the clubhouse that day and find him to be their newest teammate. But a proposed deal, which would have brought Bay to Atlanta in exchange for four minor leaguers, was killed when presented to the Pirates owners for approval. Still as the week progresses, the Braves will continue to pursue Bay, who is set to earn $7.5 million during the final year of his contract next year. The Pirates would have a definite interest in shortstop Brent Lillibridge, who they developed before trading him to the Braves in exchange for Adam LaRoche last year. In addition, they'd likely ask for Brandon Jones, who would be considered a major league-ready outfielder. (MLB.com)
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Rockies want young starter for Fuentes
The Rockies remain willing to trade closer Brian Fuentes if they can acquire a young starting pitcher whom they could plug immediately into their rotation. Someone like Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez would qualify, but the Fish consider Sanchez too steep a price. Phillies lefty J.A. Happ could be another possibility, and the Rays have a host of options at Class AAA. (Fox Sports)
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Mets struggle to find corner outfielder
Get used to seeing Fernando Tatis in the Mets outfield. As of yesterday the Mets were growing in the belief that they will not obtain a corner outfielder before Thursday's trade deadline. They like Pittsburgh's Jason Bay and Seattle's Raul Ibanez but vow that if the prospect price does not lower on either, they will stick with their current inventory. Meanwhile, rival clubs describe the Mets as making too many prospects untouchable, which severely diminishes their chances for a trade. The Mets have removed Double-A outfielder Fernando Martinez and left-hander Jon Niese from discussions and also are said to have made their Binghamton teammates, Robert Parnell, Eddie Kunz and Daniel Murphy, nearly untouchable. (New York Post)
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Manny dares Red Sox to trade him
Manny Ramirez has long nursed a hurt about his years with the Red Sox, but has seldom, if ever, articulated it publicly. Ramirez, repeating what he had said earlier in the day, said he would be open to a trade before Thursday's deadline "if both sides are going to be happy." But he said he didn't expect that to happen, saying, "Boston is not stupid. They're not going to do it. They can say whatever they want. But when it comes to make a deal, they're not going to pull the trigger, because they know what they've got here." Asked if he was happy in Boston, Ramirez said: "I'm happy. But enough is enough." Ramirez appears correct about the unlikelihood of a deal. "There's nothing going on," said one industry source close to the situation. (Boston Globe)
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Yanks playing chicken with Mariners
The Yankees' acquisition of Bobby Abreu went so well two years ago they are trying to recreate it now with Jarrod Washburn. The ploy works like this: The Yanks locate a player who fills a need, a very expensive player whose contract does not expire until after the following season. The player's current team badly wants to excise the contract. There is just one team, however, with the financial heft to absorb the money. So the Yanks say they will assume every penny, but in exchange will give up marginal prospects at best. The Yanks have told Seattle that they will take on the $13 million-plus left on Washburn's deal through next year, but to do that the Mariners will get no better than a Grade C-type prospect. For now Seattle is refusing that offer. A game of chicken is ongoing, and all indications are that the Yanks will see if the Mariners blink at the deadline as the Phillies did in 2006. (New York Post)
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Angels in market for reliever
If the Angels make a move before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, it appears more and more likely that it will be for a pitcher to bolster their bullpen or add rotation depth, not a hitter. While there are few quality bats available, there is a bustling market for relievers that is believed to include top-tier left-handers Brian Fuentes (Colorado), George Sherrill (Baltimore) and Will Ohman (Atlanta) and right-hander Huston Street (Oakland). The Angels like Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields and Jose Arredondo at the back of their bullpen, but they might look for a middle-relief upgrade over Darren Oliver and Justin Speier, or a starter who could step in if one of their pitchers gets hurt. (Los Angeles Times)
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Who D-Backs won't trade for Teixeira
The D-Backs are a potential player for Mark Teixeira. However, Conor Jackson's nice year, versatility (he's good in left as well as at first) and contractual situation (he's not eligible for free agency for three more years) would make him off-limits for Texiera. (SI.com)
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Pudge prepared for possible exit
Pudge Rodriguez will be a free agent at the end of this season. He could also be traded next month if the Tigers fall out of the American League Central race. When asked on Sunday about his approach to free agency -- and whether he would consider waiving his limited no-trade clause -- his response was the same: "I'm ready for anything," Rodriguez said. With each passing day it seems more likely that Rodriguez will test the open market this winter. Rodriguez, who is earning $13 million this year, said the Tigers have yet to approach him regarding a contract extension. Rodriguez acknowledged on Sunday that free agency has been on his mind. "Of course I have to think about it," he said. Rodriguez has said that he would like to spend the rest of his career in Detroit. He did not make any similar statements on Sunday. (Detroit Free Press)
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Rockies cooling on Holliday trade?
With the Rockies' hot streak it would be difficult to imagine them trading Matt Holliday now. The same goes for reliever Brian Fuentes, though he's a free agent after the year and more replaceable (Manny Corpas seems to be back, lowering his ERA by two runs in a month and a half). If Fuentes goes, the Cardinals, Rays and Marlins look like possible players. (SI.com)
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